The Mets have been playing lackluster baseball in the early going. The new ownership hasn’t stopped the team from making the same old mistakes.
Aging slugger Carlos Beltran is a free agent at season’s end. He can provide some offense to a contender, but most likely an American team looking for a DH-type player. Knee injuries over the past two seasons have limited his mobility in the outfield.
Beltran doesn’t appear to be part of the Mets future, so losing him would not be a big deal.
However, dynamic shortstop Jose Reyes will also be a free agent. When healthy, he is one of the most exciting players in the game.
He’s off to a torrid start, so if the Mets fall out of contention, they may consider trading their star. The Boston Red Sox would be a logical fit.
Though many Mets fans—myself included—would like to see Reyes finish his career in Flushing, it’s been rumored that new Mets GM Sandy Alderson will not give Reyes a $100 million deal.
If that’s the case, the Mets should look to acquire young, impact starting pitchers in return for Reyes.
There may be few Mets who are untouchable at the deadline if the team winds up in the cellar.